Torrential downpours hit residents across KZN

2012-09-07 00:00

THE heavy rains in the eThekwini municipality yesterday caused the earth to literally disappear underneath the homes of 50 people in Ward 82, Umlazi yesterday.

Other areas that have been reported to be affected are Ward 32 in KwaMashu and Ward 90 in Isipingo.

SA Weather forecaster Lucky Makhwebzha said they were expecting more rain today but the weather would improve by mid-afternoon throughout the weekend.

At 171 mm, Margate yesterday got 100 mm more rain than the monthly average rainfall for September, which is only 71 mm. Durban got 74 mm, about the month’s average while parts of Pietermaritzburg had 29 mm of rainfall.

Makhwebzha said most parts of KZN had been affected by the heavy rains. The eThekwini municipality said the displaced people were being housed at a nearby community hall and had been supplied with blankets and food parcels.

“The municipality’s emergency control and disaster management unit are on stand-by to assist all affected communities,” it said.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said officials were assessing the extent of the damage to determine the type of assistance needed by the affected communities.

He said various roads in eThekwini also experienced flooding but no roads had been closed.

KZN Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) spokesperson Vernon Mchunu issued a stern warning to children not to risk wading across flooded streams and warned motorists to avoid crossing flooded bridges.

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